DD.comment: Ranks are a collection
of original watch lists and rankings, updated periodically. We rely
upon media coverage, film break-down, and inside source recommendations
to create these lists.
We consciously choose to provide ranks or lists rather than full scouting
reports, our priorities are on providing real, useful information rather than fake scouting.
There are 32 NFL Scouting Departments (plus CFL, AFL etc.) who
sometimes pool the vast resources and motivation required to track
every personal aspect of every prospect, every year. To replicate
that effort is not our goal here. Rather, our goal is to follow
the action on Saturdays, provide an objective, accurate and big-picture
comprehensive view of the prospects on a year-to-year basis.
We have a long standing policy to not rank underclassmen until
they officially declare. We have this policy for several reasons:
First, to predict who will declare and who won't is a waste of time,
and can nullify the lists' validity. Second, we do not wish to recommend
or condone the early departure of athletes from college. As a general
rule it is in everyone's best interest to get a degree.
Obviously, there will be exceptions to that rule but it is primarily up to the NFL Draft
Advisory committee to make that distinction, not the Draft Media. Over the years many young men have made bad decisions to leave early, after being
advised by those not looking out for their best interest as people, rather than as commodities.
DD's advice to anyone reading this and thinking about declaring
early, is to learn from the mistakes of the past. Without naming
names, if you can't run an exceptional 40-yard dash, and ace every
other pre-draft workout test, then don't even think about it. The
safe play is to stay in school. The subjects studied in class might
not be relevant to the player, but the willingness or committment
to study and work hard is a quality that the winning NFL teams want
to see in blue-chip prospects.